Bob Marley music is simply timeless.
From iconic political figures like President Obama to celebrities such as Will Smith and Rihanna, Bob Marley music can be found on playlist of people from all walks of life.
If Bob Marley was alive today he would have celebrated his 68th birthday last week Wednesday. And who can forget that epic tribute to the reggae legend at last weekend’s Grammy Awards by Rihanna, Bruno Mars, Sting, Damian Marley and Ziggy Marley.
That performance is widely praised as the best at this year’s Grammy. A testament to the power and influence of Marley’s music on the world.
Bob Marley 1984 album Legend is still reggae’s biggest selling album to date. The album sold more than 10 million copies in the United States alone, and more than 25 million copies worldwide.
For those of us still discovering Bob Marley’s catalog, here are 10 songs from Bob that is a must have on your playlist.
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Bob Marley – Could You Be Love
“Could You Be Love” is one of Bob Marley’s most recognized hits. The single was written on an airplane in 1979 while Bob Marley was touring with his band Bob Marley & The Wailers. The single appeared on his album Legend.
Bob Marley – Natural Mystic
When you hear Bob Marley sing “Natural Mystic” it gives you goose pimples. The feel good song was originally released on Bob Marley’s 1977 album Exodus. It was written while Bob was exiled to London after an assassination attempt on his life in Jamaica in 1976.
Bob Marley – Get Up Stand Up
“Get Up Stand Up” is one of Bob Marley’s earlier hits, released in the early 1970s and appeared on The Wailers 1973 album Burnin.
Bob Marley – Stir It Up
You can’t celebrate Valentine Day without “Stir It Up” on your playlist. Bob Marley recorded the single in 1967 for his wife Rita Marley.
Bob Marley – Three Little Birds
When you hear “Three Little Birds” through your speakers all your troubles disappear. Wake up this morning smile with the rising sun, three littles stood on my door step, singing sweet song, saying.. this is a message to you..”
Bob Marley – Bufalo Soldier
“Bufalo Soldier” was written by Bob Marley and Noel G. “King Sporty” Williams during his last known recording session in 1980. Today “Bufalo Soldier” is one of Bob Marley’s biggest known hits and is still in heavy rotation across radio stations worldwide.
Bob Marley – Is This Love
When you hear Bob Marley sing “Is This Love” you can’t help but feel closer to your significant other. Make sure this song don’t leave your playlist.
Bob Marley – No Woman No Cry
Bob Marley has a profound love and respect for women. Bob Marley has thirteen children so its no surprise. The song “No Woman No Cry” was recorded in the early 1970s after Bob Marley has three women pregnant at the same time. The song later appeared on the album Natty Dread.
Today “No Woman No Cry” is one of Bob Marley’s biggest hits.
Bob Marley – Redemption Song
When you hear “Redemption Song” it makes you wish that Bob Marley could have been around longer. The world need more music like this.
“Redemption Song” is the final track on Bob Marley & the Wailers’ ninth album, Uprising, produced by Chris Blackwell.
In 2004, Rolling Stone list the powerful single at #66 on The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, and in 2010, the New Statesman listed it as one of the Top 20 Political Songs.
Bob Marley – One Love
A universal song, with a universal message. “One Love” is perhaps Bob Marley’s greatest recording to date. The song is a staple in Jamaican culture and is featured in Jamaica Tourism ads since the early 1990s.
The single first appeared on Bob Marley & The Wailers 1977 critically acclaim album Exodus.